Estadio El Teniente
|Estadio El Teniente|
|El Mundialista de Rancagua (The World Cup Stadium of Rancagua)|
The old Estadio El Teniente, currently in remodeling
|Full name||Estadio Parque El Teniente|
|Former names||Estadio Braden Copper Co.|
|Renovated||2013 (in progress)|
|Expanded||2013 (in progress)|
|Field dimensions||105 x 68 m|
Estadio El Teniente is a multi-purpose stadium in Rancagua, Chile. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 14,450 people and was built in 1945 with the name Braden Copper Company Stadium (Estadio Braden Copper Co.). The stadium hosted several matches of World Cup Soccer in 1962. The stadium is the home stadium for O'Higgins F.C., the team of the city of Rancagua. It is undergoing renovations in preparation for hosting the 2015 Copa América, to be played in Chile.
The stadium, since its construction, was owned by the U.S. copper mining company Braden Copper Company, which operated the mineral "El Teniente".
The designation of the Braden Copper Stadium to host the 1962 FIFA World Cup is due to an emergency. Indeed, the 1960 Valdivia earthquake destroyed the original host cities of the FIFA World Cup in 1962 that were Talca, Concepción, Talcahuano and Valdivia, which caused discard it and forced the auto complete modification programming, to this is that Antofagasta and Valparaíso be deterred from their offices because they could be self-funded stadiums, a condition that had to impose the Federation to the lack of resources. However, given the bleak outlook for the organization, the U.S. mining allows the use of their stadium in Rancagua.
Nationalisation of the Copper
Chile acquired in 1967 51% of the shares of Braden Copper Co., as part of the nationalization of copper, which concluded in 1971. Therefore, the ownership and management of the "Estadio Braden Copper" passed the state Codelco Chile, which led to the name change by the current.
1962 World Cup
Teams which played in this stadium for the 1962 FIFA World Cup:
|Argentina||1 – 0||Bulgaria|
|Hungary||2 – 1||England|
|Report||Flowers 60' (pen.)|
|England||3 – 1||Argentina|
|Flowers 17' (pen.)
|Hungary||6 – 1||Bulgaria|
|Albert 1', 6', 53'
Tichy 8', 70'
|Hungary||0 – 0||Argentina|
|England||0 – 0||Bulgaria|
|Czechoslovakia||1 – 0||Hungary|
On May 21, 2008, the then president Michelle Bachelet announced the "Red de Estadios para el Bicentenario", within which were built new stadiums and other planned remodeling, among whom was the Estadio El Teniente. However, remodeling El Teniente was not executed during the term of Bachelet, although he was projected for 2010, which was again postponed to 2010 because of the earthquake.
On September 2, 2012, the president Sebastian Piñera announced in Rancagua remodeling the final draft of the stadium, which will have a capacity of 15 000 spectators.  Construction began on February 19, 2013, and delivery is planned for early 2014.
The Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (ANFP) announced in December 2012 that El Teniente had been selected to host the 2015 Copa América, along with Santiago, Antofagasta, La Serena, Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Concepción and Temuco. The venue was disputed with the city of Talca, however Rancagua the closer proximity of the Chilean capital favored for obtaining quota.
- "Stadiums in Chile". Worldstadiums.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
- RSSSF credits this goal to Georgi Asparuhov.